Prep sports wrap: 5/22

From Herald Staff Reports

Tuesday night saw one local softball team win their sectional semifinal game in thrilling fashion with a walk-off hit while multiple local girls track and field athletes will be advancing to the IHSAA State Finals in Bloomington.

Here’s a brief rundown of all of Tuesday night’s prep sports action.

Softball

Wildcats 11, Hatchets 1: The Jasper softball team cruised past Washington in five innings to set up a rematch of last year's sectional championship game against Pike Central tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Taylor Mitchell, Hannah Schwenk and Madison Allen picked up RBIs almost immediately in the first inning to give Jasper a 3-0 lead. Jasper also had a huge fourth inning with Kennedy Matheis, Nicole Mehringer and Madeline Springer all contributing RBI base hits. Kendyl Ruhe also drove in a run in the victory.

Grace Colvin pitched a tremendous game on the mound as she gave up just four total hits while striking out nine Hatchet batters. 

Patriots 2, Pioneers 1: After they were defeated by Boonville by run-rule earlier in the year, this time Heritage Hills squeaked by the Pioneers in extra innings to advance to the sectional championship.

Kyla Peter’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in Lauren Caswell and sent the Heritage Hills fans home happy. The Patriots will play Mount Vernon in the sectional championship on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. EST.

Boonville took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Jayce Purdy but the Patriots answered right back in the top of the fifth as Brianna Quinn drove in courtesy runner Miranda Keller.

Emma Eubank recorded the victory on the mound. She gave up just six hits and one earned run while striking out four.

Track and Field

Nine local athletes advance to state: Several local girls track and field athletes performed exceptionally well at Tuesday’s regional meet at Evansville Central and by placing in the top three of their respective event, advanced to the IHSAA State Finals in Bloomington.

Two local athletes were regional champions — Jasper’s Alyssa Skorge was victorious in the 1600m run with a time of 5:08.83 while Grace Sickbert was a regional champion in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.53. Sickbert’s time was a new school record. She also advanced in the 300m hurdles by placing third.

Other local athletes that advanced to the state finals are Jasper’s Andi VanMeter (1600m run, 5:16.17), Southridge’s Kenzie Neukam (200m dash, 26.10) and the 4x100m relay team of Sickbert, Neukam, Monica Steckler and Grace Meece (49.54, school record), Northeast Dubois’ Adalie Prok (discus, 118’4.5’’) and Heritage Hills’ Jenna Burns (400m dash, 59.02) and Rebekah Gordon (shot put, 37’11’’).

Baseball

Jeeps 17, Cardinals 6: The Northeast Dubois baseball team ended their regular season on a high note — and that may be an understatement. The Jeeps racked up 18 hits in the road victory over Bloomfield while Reece Bauer had a spectacular performance.

Bauer finished 5-of-5 at the plate with three, yes three, total home runs along with seven RBIs. He also pitched a complete game victory on the mound as he gave up six hits and three earned runs while striking out eight.

Colby Pieper, Eli Schott and Austin Breitwieser all had multiple hits while Cole Tretter joined Pieper, Schott and Bauer as players with multiple RBIs.

Golf

Cats top Rangers, Pioneers, Rebels: The Jasper boys golf team defeated Forest Park, Boonville and South Spencer at their four-team meet at Sultan’s Run on Tuesday. The Cats totaled 172 points while the Rangers were second with 190 points.

Jasper’s Jack Bies was the match medalist with a score of 38. Avery Hollinden (41) and Landon Kissel (43) rounded out the top three. Colin Lane and Brant Tretter paced Forest Park with scores of 44 while Keenan Bertges was third as she shot a 48.

Patriots defeat Raiders: The Heritage Hills boys golf team battled Southridge and Springs Valley in Huntingburg and came away victorious with a 175. Southridge placed second with a 184 while Springs Valley didn’t total a team score.

Heritage Hills’ Ethan Kane and Rylan Cox shared medalist honors as they both shot a 40.

Southridge was led by Coby Reller who fired a 41 while Michael Kappner was second at a 47.




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